Old trailer philosophy.
I'm one of those people that adheres to the belief that to use the term "restoration" one needs to be returning a trailer (or car, or airplane etc) to as close to the same state it was in when it was new, using vintage or OEM parts, materials, colors, and finishes. If the trailer was mint green inside when new, you keep it that shade. If there was no A/C you don't add one, and so on. Its important to have restored or survivor objects extant as touchstones to the past.
The hot rod car hobby has a variety of terms such as "resto-mod" or "restify" to describe cars that have been overhauled and upgraded while retaining an original appearance. My project will follow that path, though I tend to stick to the term refurbish. Our trailer has enough changes and modifications made by prior owners that to truly restore it would be exceedingly difficult and perhaps impossible. I also would like to add some modern systems to upgrade its usability and make it a more pleasant place for our family to camp.
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